Category Archives: Restaurants and Dining

Fogo de Chao Caipirinhas Day Sept 13th

Caipirinhas are the official cocktail of Brazil, and feature cachaça (the native spirit of Brazil, distilled from pure cane sugar), freshly muddled limes and sugar.

(A recipe for the beverage can be found HERE.)

Celebrate National Caipirinha Day on Friday, Sept. 13 with $5 caipirinhas all day long at Fogo (available on the Patio or in Bar Fogo, and the bar area at Fogo de Chão; not valid in the main dining room).

    Stop by after work and check it out!

Fogo de Chão is a fine dining, full-service Brazilian steakhouse or churrascaria, serving rodízio style, featuring roving waiters serving barbecued meats from large skewers directly onto the seated diners’ plates.

Weekday Happy Hour at Bar Fogo, featuring $4 Brazilian Bites & Beers, $6 South American Wines and $8 Brazilian-Inspired Cocktails.

661 N LaSalle, River North

LIPS Chicago has Arrived!

The ULTIMATE in DRAG DINING has arrived in Chicago!

WOWZA! Gorgeous place and fantastic food and drink! Opulence, darling!

Locations in New York City, San Diego, Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale, now we can experience America’s #1 DRAG SHOW EXPERIENCE for over 25 years at Lips Chicago.

Lips offers nightly drag queen shows and dining experience with full bar. Every night a different drag queen show including celebrity impersonators in Dinner with the Divas, Twisted Broadway, Celebrity Divas and Dragalicious Gospel Brunch on Sunday. Grand Opening Weekend was sold out!

Not only do they offer the best in drag queen entertainment, but an exquisite menu from lobster ravioli, Filet Mignon to our chocolate sin dessert and more!

Little Goat Diner’s Tom J Schmitt is the executive chef! Everything I tasted was wonderful. They offer a VIP Prix Fixe menu option for $39.95 or you can order al carte. – Cover charge and minimums depend on what night you attend.

Lips offers an amazing ALL YOU CAN DRINK Drag Gospel Boozy Brunch in Chicago every Sunday for $30! Reservations for any night, are always required!

Lips is a Las Vegas-style drag wonderland with Four massive eight-foot crystal chandeliers that dangle overhead, offsetting pink leopard tufted walls, velvet curtains, and a bevy of bejeweled mirrors. The venue’s stage features a throne — the performers are queens, after all. The 8,000 square-foot space seats 174, so diners should expect a crowd.

Featuring primarily local talent, Lips’ queens will not only serve up a great show – they will also serve you dinner. Doubling as lively waitresses, the entertainers will take orders and deliver meals with a special side of camp, giving every audience member a front-row seat to the nightly show, which will include lip syncing, live vocals, bawdy humor, choreographed numbers and campy comedy.

2229 S Michigan Ave 312-815-2662!

 

Chef Tong at Taste Fest Chicago July 12

TASTE OF CHICAGO!  Is the  world’s largest FREE-admission outdoor food festival. The annual lakefront extravaganza lets you fill up on all the flavors of the city, from classic Chicago specialties to international cuisine to chef-inspired creations. It’s the perfect opportunity to get a bite of some of the best Chicago restaurants and chefs!

 

A favorite whenever he appears, Chef Chris Tong of the private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef returns to Taste of Chicago to present a healthy summer recipe.

Chef Tong’s cooking demonstration at the Taste of Chicago is one of My Private Chef’s most popular annual appearances. People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions and discuss preparation. It is a very well attended feature of this annual Chicago summertime fest!

He will appear on Friday, July 12 at 12;30 p.m. at  the Lifeway Foods Taste Kitchen on the northwest corner of Buckingham Fountain Plaza.

Taste of Chicago runs daily July 10-14, 2019. Taste of Chicago is the nation’s free admission outdoor food festival. The annual lakefront extravaganza lets you fill up on all the flavors of the city, from classic Chicago specialties to international cuisine to chef-inspired creations. For more information about the Taste of Chicago event, visit www.tasteofchicago.us

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services. Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities. Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love conducting cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

We hope to see you there!

JULY 10  14, 2019

Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St.
Free admission (ticket purchase required for food)
Wednesday – Friday: 11a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Free French Cooking Demo at Bloomingdales June 15

My Private Chef presents French Favorites
at Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store

A favorite whenever he appears, Chef Chris Tong of the private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef returns to the Bloomingdale’s for a French Bistro cooking demonstration.

Chef will prepare a mouthwatering menu and give tips about ingredients and serving. And, everyone will enjoy a taste of each dish.

Chef Chris will serve some of his favorite recipes:

  • Escargot Bourguignonne
  • Steak au Poivre
  • Haricot Verts
  • Pommes Puree

He will appear on Saturday, June 15 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store, Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Demo kitchen on 1.

For more information about this free Bloomingdale’s event, please call 312.324.7678

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services.
Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation 
at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago.
Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining.
My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from 
intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.
 
Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities. Being part of very special occasions makes my
work worthwhile. I also love conducting cooking demonstrations where I get 
the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

We hope to see you there!

Spring Menu Additions at Fogo de Chao

Just in time for the start of spring, the internationally-renowned Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão introduces new menu items using the freshest ingredients of the season and crafted for those ready to embrace warmer temperatures. From Brazil-inspired meat varieties to nutritionally balanced soups and salads, new spring selections are now available as part of the Full Churrasco Experience at all U.S. Fogo locations for a limited time.

“Brazilian cuisine focuses on harvesting and serving fruits and vegetables when they are in season and have reached peak flavor,” said Barry McGowan, Chief Executive Officer of Fogo de Chão. “At Fogo, our gaucho chefs refresh our Market Table with seasonal items to deliver new choices for our guests to dine with us in a naturally nutritious way.”

A selection of Fogo’s spring menu items include:

  • Lighter Cuts of Spring Pork Picanha (butchered and prepared with the same simple style as traditional Picanha, then carved tableside) and a new spicy Linguica Sausage (pork sausage with red pepper, garlic and fresh onion) are added to the Full Churrasco Experience this spring.
  • Market Table Additions Roasted Cauliflower Salad (oven-roasted with olive oil, garlic and black pepper, then topped with scallions and sesame seeds) and Brazilian Kale & Orange Salad (with a citrus-honey vinaigrette), plus gluten-free Carrot & Ginger Soup (blended with fresh herbs and coconut milk) join the Market Table this season.
  • Crème de Coconut – A traditional Brazilian recipe, this new dessert features shredded coconut baked with condensed milk and cream, then served warm with ice cream and lime zest.
  • Blood Orange Manhattan – Buffalo Trace Bourbon is shaken with Carpano Antica, blood orange and angostura bitters, then served on the rocks.

Fogo de Chão is also honored to unveil “Eulila,” a red wine blend specially created exclusively for Fogo by the award-winning winemakers at Viña Vik. Available by the glass or bottle, the wine blends Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes from the Cachapoal Valley in Chile and pays tribute to Eulila “Selma” Oliveira, Chief Culture Officer of Fogo de Chão.

Born and raised in Brazil, Oliveira moved to the United States in 1985, determined to achieve the American dream. Following a chance encounter with the founders of Fogo de Chão while in Dallas, she joined Fogo as the brand’s first female manager and, ultimately, executive. The heart and soul of the organization, Oliveira is affectionately known as the Fogo matriarch and exudes an unwavering affection, passion and appreciation for every guest and team member at Fogo.

Spring menu selections and the Eulila tribute wine are now available at all Fogo locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and are the perfect additions to guest favorites such as the Bone-In Cowboy Ribeye or dry-aged steak offerings, including the 24-ounce New York Strip and 32-ounce Tomahawk Ribeye.

For more information about Fogo de Chão, the new culinary and cocktail additions or to make dining reservations, please visit http://www.fogo.com.

World of Chocolate Chicago benefit night Nov 30

Dishing Indulgence: Chicago’s Premier

World AIDS Day Event Returns

Annual Holiday Gala Raises Funds and HIV Awareness

for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) invites Chicagoans to the World of Chocolate gala, Chicago’s premier World AIDS Day event, on Friday, Nov. 30 at Revel Fulton Market. Guests will enjoy the delicious signature creations of chocolatiers and chefs from over 23 of Chicago’s hottest restaurants, hotels and bakeries competing to win the best sweet and savory bites, as well as craft cocktails, with a panel of celebrity judges selecting the night’s best conceptions.

In addition to sampling each establishment’s creation, guests will enjoy a light buffet, specialty craft cocktails, open bar, music, a raffle and punchboard with a diverse offering of spectacular prizes.

AFC will also be partnering with Walgreens Boots Alliance in an effort to make this an eco-friendly and zero waste to landfill evening by challenging participating chocolatiers to use only recyclable, reusable and compostable products at the event. Extravagant décor by Kehoe Designs will give life to the night’s theme of International Affair, with complementing cuisines from across the globe.

“Our guests expressed great excitement surrounding last year’s International Affair theme,” explained Edward Wagner, AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Chief External Relations Officer. “Recognizing the global impact that HIV has had, the international community must continue working together to honor those we’ve lost, ensure those living with HIV thrive, and strive to create a world where new HIV cases are rare.”

In commemoration of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, this year’s signature celebration honors the local, national and international progress the HIV/AIDS community has made to end the epidemic. The movement has observed the Dec. 1 date as a global effort to increase public awareness, while promoting HIV related programming and dialogue. Launched in 1988, the global event followed an international summit among health leaders who saw the need for a larger discussion on HIV/AIDS in every country.

Funds raised through World of Chocolate support AFC’s work to end new cases of HIV in Chicago and beyond. Proceeds from the event will help AFC advance its mission, which includes:

· Supporting efforts to house more than 1,000 Chicagoans each year.

· Providing more than 5,000 clients with case management services.

· Training hundreds of medical professionals about PrEP.

· Empowering AFC to provide policy leadership in state and federal health equity matters

· Collaborating with people and partners across the state to achieve Getting to Zero Illinois, an ambitious plan to end new HIV transmissions in Illinois by 2030

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, 6 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

TICKETS: For more information and to reserve tickets, call 312-334-0935 or visit chocolate.aidschicago.org

 

General Admission: $145 (includes one event ticket)

Red Ribbon Ticket: $245 (includes one event ticket, exclusive VIP entrance with a specialty cocktail, private bar and lounge access) – VIP Mile High Club Tix

Bittersweet Bliss Ticket Package: $900 (includes four event tickets, VIP access, name recognition on event website and electronic program)

Chocolate Ecstasy Ticket Package: $2,000 (includes ten event tickets, VIP access, name recognition on event website and electronic program)

About AFC
The AIDS Foundation of Chicago mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases. AFC envisions a world in which people living with HIV and related chronic diseases will thrive, and new HIV infections will be rare. Learn more at aidschicago.org.

SWEET! Andersonville Dessert Crawl 2018

On Sunday, October 28, from 2-5 p.m., Andersonville will welcome guests to enjoy a sweet stroll through this delightful neighborhood as they participate in the Annual Dessert Crawl.

It’s a gourmet experience with delectable desserts at every turn. Participating restaurants are sure to “wow” visitors with delicious and decadent gourmet desserts.

Get to know the sweeter side of Andersonville at 20 different locations.

 

Chef Chris Tong of My Private Chef, an upscale private chef and gourmet dining service, will be serving a delicious Cranberry Mousse with Apple Cranberry Sauce with Gingersnap.

Look for him on the Veruca Salt Route at one of his favorite wine shops,

In Fine Spirits, 5418 N. Clark.

You can choose between TWO great routes. Tickets for one route are $20.00

Participants will pick up their Dessert Crawl “passport” at the Swedish American Museum – Andersonville, 5211 N. Clark Street and then proceed to the participating restaurants and stores for tasting-sized portions at each location.

 

For more information about the Dessert Crawl and to purchase tickets, visit

http://www.andersonville.org/events/dessert-crawl/

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

 

 

Want to attend for FREE? Sign-up to VOLUNTEER at check-in. Click here for more information.

Chef Tong Returns to Taste of Chicago July 15th

Once again, Taste of Chicago is delighted to welcome one of Chicago’s favorite Chefs, Christopher Tong of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef. He will present a delicious dessert featuring Lifeway Kefir – the ingredient that every cook needs in their kitchen.

The demonstration will take place on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 12:30pm at the Lifeway Foods Taste Kitchen on the northwest corner of Buckingham Fountain Plaza.

Chef Tong’s cooking demonstration at the Taste of Chicago is one of My Private Chef’s most popular annual appearances. People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions and discuss preparation.

The Annual Taste of Chicago is July 11-15 in Grant Park. Admission is free.

For complete details, visit www.TasteofChicago.us.

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

Mothers Day in Chicago with Mexican Flair

This May 13th, treat Mom to something you know will make both of you smile: a delightful brunch or dinner with you!

Mothers Day Mimosa Brunch
Bottomless Mimosas & An Entree from our Brunch Menu are Included.
Every mother receives a complimentary vanilla bean flan or churros as a way to help say “Thanks!” to all the great mothers out there!
Walk ins are accepted, reservations are recommended!

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill

3906 N. Broadway

Chicago Il 60613

Phone: 773-549-2932 / Website: www.elmariachitequilabar.com

Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse

3443 N. Broadway

Chicago Il 60657

Phone: 773-661-9893 / Website: www.revolucionsteakhouse.com

Healthy Cooking with Chef Tong

My Private Chef’s Cooking Demonstration Designed to Inspire People to Eat Well and Stay Healthy at Gilda’s Club Chicago 

The popular appearances of Chef Christopher Tong of My Private Chef continue with some wonderful menu ideas emphasizing healthy eating so essential to Gilda’s Club members and their families. People living with cancer know that healthy eating is important for the body and the spirit. The meals are designed to inspire people living with cancer to eat well, serve beautiful food and stay healthy.

Chef Chris will prepare and serve delicious tastes of:
Tunisian Tomato Soup with Lentils and Garbanzo Beans. The dish is filled with cancer fighting ingredients including cooked tomatoes.

The healthy cooking demonstration is on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6pm at Gilda’s Club Chicago. The club is located at 537 North Wells Street, Chicago.

Gilda’s Club provides a place where men, women and children with cancer, and families and friends, join with others to build social and emotional support in addition to medical care. Gilda’s Club is named in honor of the late comedian Gilda Radner.

My Private Chef has been a strong supporter of Gilda’s Club by providing cooking demonstrations and conversations with Chef Tong.

 

For more information about this event, contact Gilda’s Club Chicago at 312.464.9900 or visit www.gildasclubchicago.org

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private dining services. Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.
Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities. Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I love conducting cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling the audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”For information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our website at www.myprivatechef.net

We hope to see you there!

All the Best,

The Staff at My Private Chef

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